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4 Little Things That'll Help Make the Most of Even the Tiniest Kitchens

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Photo by James Ransom

Like most New Yorkers, I'm somewhat... lacking in kitchen space. Which is to say, my kitchen is also my dining room, and I share it with two other people. So I've grown accustomed to making the most of my space, using just a little ingenuity to cram just as much as I can in it. Presented below: four basic tiny kitchen strategies you can employ with a little help from our Shop.

Stack 'Em Up!

Microwavable Nested Storage Bowls

Microwavable Nested Storage Bowls

From $60

With limited kitchen and counter space, I've become very practiced in figuring out which kitchen items can fit neatly in other, larger ones. That's why I love nesting bowls, those little kitchen teams that give you a lot to work with, but tuck themselves neatly away in a small space. These ones are great for storing and microwaving, meaning a whole lot fewer things you need to have stashed away in the first place.

Do Double Duty

It's always good to have more than one talent—especially when you're a kitchen item taking up valuable counter space. That's why this dish rack is such a delight: Its basin is removable, letting you essentially double your washing-up room.

Compact Modular Dish Rack

Compact Modular Dish Rack

$54

Go High

One thing to remember in making the most of your kitchen (or any room) is that you're working with three dimensions. Hanging stuff on the wall lets it double as decor—why shouldn't your decor earn its keep, after all? One colorful solution is hanging your onions, garlic, and any other hardy, ready-for-its-closeup food on the wall when it's not in use. It's rustic, and hey, it looks darn nice.

Wall-Mounted Onion & Garlic Baskets

Wall-Mounted Onion & Garlic Baskets

From $30

Get a move on

Of course, there's a lotta stuff you can use in any room in your house—meaning, in other words, you can use them in the kitchen when you need them there, then banish 'em back from whence they came. This potato basket can double as a container for virtually anything—towels! toilet paper!—when it's not working in the culinary realm.

Wire Potato Basket

Wire Potato Basket

$56

Check out more space solutions here—and happy tiny-kitchening!

Reclaimed Walnut Knife Grabber

Reclaimed Walnut Knife Grabber

From $80
Towel Rack & Infinity Linen

Towel Rack & Infinity Linen

$120
White Oak Collapsible Wine Rack

White Oak Collapsible Wine Rack

$150
Brass Sink Caddy

Brass Sink Caddy

$190

Do you have a small-ish kitchen? How do you make the most of it?

Tags: Home Hacks, Home Decor, The Shop